Milwaukee to unload Spivey, Counsell
Junior Spivey comes to a team that has Rickie Weeks, their top draft pick in 2003 who is also a second baseman.
The presence of Counsell in the deal is an interesting one as well. There is the local angle in that he grew up near Milwaukee. On the other hand, there is his salary to consider. Counsell makes over $3 million per season. The Brewers have stated that they intend to cut their payroll from $40 million to $30 million. This would mean that Counsell, a utility infielder, would be making ten percent of the team's salary. That does not seem like the best way to spend available resources, does it? Counsell has his uses and he can be a handy guy to have around, but at the money he makes he is more a luxury item than a necessity. A team with a larger payroll like the D'backs could absorb his salary and make use of him. In order for the Brewers to get the most out of him, they would have to make him a regular and he does not produce enough to make that work at any position other than shortstop. What is more, he is 33 years old and has only played enough to qualify for the batting title twice in his career. It will be interesting to see how the Brewers go about using him.
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